Fitness at work
Being active can take whatever form moves you, literally. Just move. Move when you can and how you want to. You don’t have to call it exercise. You don’t even have to join a gym; though, if you want to join one, we have a top-notch gym here on campus and discounts at fitness partners off campus too. Do what moves you. We can’t show you all the ways, but we can give you a place to start:
Train with The Whole U! Whether you are new to exercise, are an avid exerciser, or want to try something different, check out our free online training plans and instructional videos to get you started.
Depending on how far you live from work, you might be able to get your daily exercise during your commute. Consider bicycling or walking to work. If you aren’t sure how to get started, check out your commute options. UW Transportation Services will help you find a commute that best fits your needs.
You’re eligible for membership to one of the area’s premier fitness facilities, the IMA. Reach your health and fitness goals or learn a new sport or skill by signing up for an IMA class. Even if you don’t join the IMA, get moving by hitting golf balls at the driving range or renting a canoe for the afternoon. Find out more ways to stay active and have fun with UW Recreational Sports Programs.
Employees working in the UW Tower have access to the UW Tower fitness center. It features four elliptical machines, two stair stepper machines, two rowing machines, treadmill, sit-up bench, and medicine and yoga balls. The center also hosts a weekly yoga class.
Fitness activities from your health care plan
PEBB health plan participants have access to specialized programs to help you get fit and live healthier. Check out the resources available through your plan and get moving today. These links take you to your health plan’s website where you will need to enter or create a username and password:
Uniform Medical Plan/Regence
Participants in Uniform Medical Plans have access to The Regence Advantages Program, which provides discounts on fitness centers and classes, recreational activities, and more.
Kaiser Permanente participants are encouraged to get moving and keep moving. Check out fun activity ideas, practical tools and applications to help you start a fitness routine, information on programs and classes ranging from dancercise to Zumba, and the 10,000 Steps Program. The plan also provides access to health and wellness information to help make fitness a habit.
Looking for ideas and guidance to help you de-stress? Join SmartHealth, the state’s voluntary and confidential wellness program (available to all PEBB medical plan subscribers). On the website, you’ll be able to develop a plan for managing stress. You choose what activities work for you then earn points for each activity you complete. Track your progress and, if you want, share your progress with other SmartHealth members. Sign up for SmartHealth.
Right as Rain
Right as Rain is a digital publication dedicated to helping you feel healthy and well. It is published by UW Medicine, an international leader in research, patient care and physician training, located in Seattle.
WW, formerly known as Weight Watchers, makes losing weight and/or forming healthy habits convenient. The WW wellness workshops (formerly meetings) in the workplace gives you even more freedom and flexibility to fit healthier choices into your lifestyle. With hands-on weekly guidance from a wellness coach, you can stay focused on achieving your goals—whether you’re on or off the clock.
As a UW employee, you’re offered a discounted rate of $44.95 for your monthly pass, provided you register using UW’s unique discount ID. Meetings are held weekly in many different locations, as well as on the UW-Seattle campus at Schmitz Hall and in the UW Tower. Learn more here.